I'm sure you've all read it by now.
The Archdiocese of New York has previously acknowledged that some local Catholic institutions offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs to comply with state law; now, it is also acknowledging that the archdiocese’s own money is used to pay for a union health plan that covers contraception and even abortion for workers at its affiliated nursing homes and clinics.
“We provide the services under protest,” said Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York.One does not protest something, Sir, and then go ahead and do it.
When one protests something, one does not do it. The commotion involved in the forbearance of doing something unethical, objectionable and downright despicable, combined with the press releases explaining the reasons why we are not doing it -that's what makes it a "protest".
The people protesting the death penalty do not then proceed to supply the executioner with the lethal injection.
We are talking about a government mandate to kill people. We don't do it under any circumstances. They can arrest us and they can, have and will in the future even kill us - but we still do not follow mandates to kill other people. Especially children and sick people.
Moreover - and more importantly - we do not provide tools that bait uncatechized women into doing something that robs her of her salvation. We do not provide the circumstances that bait doctors and nurses and pharmacists into choosing to put food on the table or doing something that robs them of their salvation. Not on our dime.
The archdiocese needs to shut down the business if that is the only option left on the table. We are in the salvation of souls business and anything and everything we do has to be consistent with our morals, ethics and laws.
Come what may.
That's what the 2000 years of martyrdom is all about.
Mr. Zwilling's excuse - God Bless him - is so lame, the pagans at the New York Times were able to find the simple solution:
In theory, ArchCare could have negotiated independently with the union to avoid providing its 1199 employees — health support staff members ranging from physician assistants to orderlies — abortion and contraception coverage. The archdiocese avoids providing those services for 1,100 other ArchCare employees, for example, by insuring them through a special self-insurance plan that is exempt from the mandate.
Sadly, the news on ArchCare is about to get worse in the coming days. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Judie Brown's story - Cardinal Dolan's Mess.
The cowardice is hard to watch.